Wacom Intuos Wireless Tablet: There are few products my kids will steal from me. Gaming gear, sure, but except for an iPad or two and maybe a laptop, I haven’t had much luck getting them to fall in love with anything.

That’s until Wacom’s Intuos Wireless came along. This low-cost, superlight drawing tablet has become my son’s go-to device for cartooning and drawing and after unboxing it a few weeks ago I haven’t seen it. It’s a compelling device at an amazing price point and it’s well worth looking at if you or someone in your life is looking for a super-usable, super-simple computer drawing solution.

What is the Wacom Intuos Wireless?

The device is basically a $99 drawing tablet. It features a flat tablet-like surface and an indentation at the top for the included stylus. You can connect to a laptop or other device and use it to draw, sketch, or paint using digital tools.

It’s rechargeable and works with Mac, PC, and select Android devices. It weighs 260 grams and is about the size of a small notebook.

Taking it along with you while traveling is a no-brainer. There’s very little setup required for the device and you can easily open your laptop, pair the tablet, and get started in less than a minute. My 12-year-old son set it up on his computer by himself.

The tablet and stylus offer 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels and extremely precise surface tracking. The tablet and include software ensure that the stylus position is nearly 1-to-1 when compared to the onscreen position. This means you won’t get lost while sketching and drawing and you can easily place the tip of the stylus exactly where you want it onscreen.

The device advertises 15 hours of battery life.

Is the Wacom Intuos Wireless good?

Absolutely. It’s a stellar product, especially at the $99 price point. Wacom has always made excellent drawing devices that always trended toward the higher end. This device is excellent for an entry-level user and, as evidenced above, my 12-year-old was able to learn to use it on both PC and Mac without much trouble.

The Wacom Intuos Wireless works well, is surprisingly priced, and extremely compact. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a drawing device on a whim and aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on a more professional model, this is definitely the device for you.

Looking for something even cheaper with a similar footprint and quality? You could also check out the standard, smaller Intuos that requires a wired connection. At $59 you’re getting exactly what you’re getting with this model at a much lower price point.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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